Montana District (LCMS)


Montana District (LCMS)
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The Montana District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and comprises the state of Montana, also including one congregation in Idaho; the rest of Idaho is included in the Northwest District. The Montana District includes approximately 65 congregations and missions, subdivided into 6 circuits, as well as 14 preschools and 3 elementary schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is approximately 15,000, making it one of the two smallest districts along with the Wyoming District, which is roughly equal in size; a merger of the two districts has been proposed [1].

The Montana District was formed in 1945 when the North Dakota and Montana District was divided, also creating the North Dakota District. District offices are located in Billings, Montana; the Rev. Terry Forke became the district president in September 2006 [2]. Delegates from each congregation meet in convention every three years to elect the district president, vice presidents, circuit counselors, a board of directors, and other officers; the last convention was held on June 19-22, 2006, and the next will be held in 2009.

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Presidents

  • Rev. Paul M. Freiburger, 1945 – 1966
  • Rev. August F. Droegemueller, 1966 – 1969
  • Rev. George F. Wollenburg, 1969 - 1977
  • Rev. Harold V. Huber, 1977- 1984 (died in office)
  • Rev. Albert G. Pullmann, 1984 - 1989
  • Rev. Richard Kiessling, 1989 - 1992
  • Rev. George F. Wollenburg, 1992 - 2006
  • Rev. Terry R. Forke, 2006 - present

Oldest congregations

  • Only congregation in Idaho: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Salmon, Idaho, 1978
  • Only congregation in North Dakota: Concordia Lutheran Church, Williston, North Dakota, 1933

Largest congregations

Membership totals include all baptized members and are according to the LCMS website.
  • Only congregation in Idaho: Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Salmon, Idaho, 108

References

  • Archives, Concordia Historical Institute
  • Archives, The Montana District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod

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